Wednesday, 20 May 2015

life, week 20



Because flowers and good light are always a good match. 


A gorgeous day off and I'm stuck inside with heaps of student papers to grade before Monday. Glad to see the lawn is greening though. (Yes, we need to paint our house. It's on our summer agenda.)


6 pm grading break on the terrace


10 pm // it has been a good, productive day 


Grading 10th grade English midterms is intense work! I thought I would be pretty much done by now, but I'm only halfway through the pile. Bleh!


My Saturday morning home office companion is completely hooked on Zack & Quack on Netflix these days.


Constitution day practice (my poor ears!)


Saturday brunch - with roses that have lasted three weeks!



She loves helping her pappa with all kinds of work around the house. This time; planting a bunch of lavender.



Nurseries are his candy store. He is a grown up, so he can buy all the candy he wants.


The last few days I have graded a total of 23 8th grade Norwegian papers, 19 10th grade English midterms and 19 other 10th grade English papers. (Unfortunately there are still heaps of midterms left to grade in the coming weeks.) It was more intense work than I imagined, so I'm pretty proud of myself for finishing the job. Having a modest celebration with my 21 weeks belly, the sofa and chocolate.


A moment of silent me time before the Constitution day whirlwind starts.

I know it seems like I work all the time. It is true. I do work all the time. Being a fresh teacher in a full time position is a lot of work. A lot more work than I expected. When you combine it with part time studies, it means you have pretty close to zero spare time.

I am glad this extraordinarily busy year is coming to an end soon. It has been fun, intense and at times way too much. I hope my work life will be a little less busy when I go back to work after my maternity leave (which starts in September). I don't mind being a bit busy, but not that busy.



Keeping it simple for our Constitution day dining table decoration. Flowers from the garden and flag napkins (bought by him - would not have been my choice) from the grocery store.


Gratulerer med dagen! // Giving my bunad the day off on the 2015 edition of the Norwegian Constitution Day. Also, 21 weeks. 


Dinner guest with bunad, a grilled entrecote with Greek salad and the flag napkin - that is cuter than I like to admit.

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Week 20: May 11-17 

Saturday, 16 May 2015

things I like lately

From the 2013 archives when Sara was 1,5 year and we celebrated the constitution day at Voss. Here is another photo from that day. This year I need to find something else to wear - my baby belly is too big so the bunad doesn't fit. 


- a long weekend
- weekend breakfasts with egg and bacon
- eating ice cream in the sun on the terrace
- this post by Natalie
- 12 unforgettable wedding moments
- the bunad Ingvild made for her daughter Iben
- learning the name of this ^ hat/roof (circumflex)
- birdsong
- Snøfrisk kantarell (a soft goats cheese with chanterelles)
- this post by Anaruh/Listebloggen
- celebrating the constitution day tomorrow (May 17)

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Things I don't like lately

- a long weekend of grading heaps of student papers and mid-terms

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Answers to questions in the comment section

Irene asked on this post: Which iPad-stand do you use for Sara?

- It is called a "smart cover". 

Kmgfoto asked on this post: It's maybe too soon to ask, but do you favor a name already?

- Now that we know it will a boy, we have slowly started thinking of alternatives. 

AlittaM commented/asked on this post: And yes - I totally despise curtains too. That's why in my house we decided to go curtains-free. Now we have more free space and less dust in the house. Have you considered this option?

- I don't feel like it is an option in our house. We have huge living room windows that face the neighbours. I don't want to live on display. In our Bergen apartment this was not a problem, so we had few windows with curtains. 

Mammatiltogutter spurte på dette innlegget: Driver du og etterutdanner seg eller skal du bli lærer?

- Jeg har allerede master i medievitenskap fra Universitetet i Bergen og etterutdanner meg for å få pedagogisk kompetanse for å undervise. Har tatt PPU (praktisk pedagogisk utdannelse) deltid over to år ved Høgskolen Stord/Haugesund. Hadde siste eksamen for litt over én uke siden, så nå er jeg ferdig utdannet lektor. 

Thursday, 14 May 2015

life, week 19


exam preparations // my father-in-law is quoted in the book about work ethics


I washed my new black jeans with a white cloth, and it seems like the jeans have a bit of excess color. But why did the cloth turn blue, not black?


Taking care of these nasturtium babies while my in-laws are away.


Our lawn is slooowly greening.


last day of exam preparations // thankful for these two days off work to focus only on my final exam


DONE! Two years of part time pedagogics studies are over. Wish I could celebrate with plenty of champagne, but it will have to wait until our baby boy makes his appearance at the end of September.



home bound


A surprise package in the mail from my dear friend Hanne. Plus week 20 with stripes.


Our plum tree is blooming!


So is the cherry blossom tree.


He bought a new grill today, and he does not at all mind the rain and the four degrees celcius.


9 am Sunday bliss


wardrobe reflections // cherry blossom view from our bedroom window


Even though my studies are over, I'm not done with weekend work. Today I'm accompanied by new shelves whilst grading history papers about the American revolution.


Sunday dinner with my parents. A grilled dinner, of course. He sure is happy about his new grill.


media vs. economics plus a bit of toddler traces

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Week 19: May 4-10

Friday, 8 May 2015

things I like lately

Such a cliché spring photo, but this one is special to me because this cherry blossom tree is in my own garden.


- the fact that I have a healthy baby boy growing in belly
- finishing my studies!
- apple and mango juice
- rugsprø crispbread with Philadelphia creme cheese and thinly sliced radish
- this print (via 3191 Miles Apart newsletter - which I love and highly recommend!)
- thumbs up for this
- this bowl and this jug (I have a thing for terracotta)
- a new to me lovely blog: Me and Orla
- I love these kind of posts
- I love the redesign of A Cup of Jo
- our lawn is slowly turning green (it was seeded a couple of weeks ago)
- Sherlock on Netflix
- japp chocolate
- a surprise package in the mail from my dear friend Hanne in Bergen
- a bunch of the season's first rhubarb from a colleague (the rhubarb in our garden is still tiny)
- the stack of IKEA boxes in the basement living room has magically disappeared and there are suddenly cabinets on the wall in my little home office nook (my husband Sølve is my hero!)

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Things I don't like lately

- shopping for curtains - I find it SO hard to decide what will look good

Thursday, 7 May 2015

May 7, 2005-2015


2005: My oldest - and then only (now they are three sisters) - niece joined the family for a bit of spring cleaning in the garden at Voss.


2006: Caption written on Flickr: Sunday evening energy: ciabatta (from the grocery store) with cheese, fried egg and sausage. My craving for gourmet food (link to a photo of a plate of instant mashed potato and sausage) continues... ;-) I came across a very interesting project note today, which is very relevant to my thesis. It's even in English. So, if you're interested in food, you should read it. Cooking - As Identity Works Click "last ned i fulltekst" to download the whole text. 8 days to the final deadline... (for finishing my master thesis)


2007: Title and caption written on Flickr (it was the days of the numerous magazine swaps): this is how a very wet and cold spring day gets shiny and happy: finding magazines in the mail box // thank you so much for the lovely Landhaus, miss mckenzie. and the envelope is so cute!


2008: We went straight to Voss after Greece. We brought feta. There were four parents, two soon to be married, wedding planning, gardening and great food/wine.


2009: Seen on the streets of Parma, Italy.


2010: Caption written on Flickr: Friday dinner: grilled filet of wolffish and rose fish with garlic and parsley butter + boiled potatoes and spinach with olive oil and balsamic vinegar // blog update: the dinner project, week 18


2011: Stacks in our home office. I used to LOVE magazine. Not so much anymore.


2012: A playdate with Sara (to the left) and D. Their due dates were only one day apart. D was born on Sara's due date; Sara was born two weeks early.


2013: Slowly getting better after this and this.


2014: She cried big, big tears when I left her in kindergarten. It breaks my heart. But I know she loves being there, playing with the other kids. She'll be fine.


2015: DONE! Two years of part time pedagogics studies are over. Wish I could celebrate with plenty of champagne (because I really deserve it!), but it will have to wait until our baby boy makes his appearance at the end of September.


Monday, 4 May 2015

life, week 18


Pasta always wins.


Leftover chocolate mousse from Saturday's dinner party wins too.


Just finished my third Kepler novel in two weeks. Time for something else. Still crime though.


19 weeks // I do like the afternoon light in our bathroom


My only exercise these days: the walk to and from kindergarten to pick up Sara (ca 2,5 km). I could absolutely need a lot more; my shape is minus zero these days.


May 1, 8:15 am // milk, pacifiers and Netflix in bed


All lined up and ready for breakfast, thanks to my eager breakfast assistant.


one week and still going strong


Of course she wanted to help pappa change the car tires!


8 am Saturday bliss


Nynorsk - not my strongest suit. Luckily there are wordlists! (My favorite)


Dinner for one on a Saturday night. Sølve and Sara are having fun at our friends' cabin whilst I grade student papers and prepare for my own exam on Thursday.



9 pm // I love discovering the light in our new home


A Sunday afternoon nap to get me through a couple more hours of exam preparation.


I got a sudden urge to bake. Thanks Ina for the brilliant recipe!

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Week 18: April 27 - May 3

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